Dome Impact Tours
The Vredefort Dome, as it is known worldwide, is the centre, 90 km across, of the impact crater and is situated 120 km south-west of Johannesburg,
Guided tours are conducted in the Vredefort Dome by a registered tourist guide. Tours are undertaken at any time of the year, any day of the week for anyone, from school children to geologists.
Tours depart from Parys and last 4 to 7 hours. Tour starts with a presentation followed by a tour through the Vredefort Meteorite Impact Structure visiting many viewpoints and historic sites.
The Vredefort impact crater was created 2023 million years ago when a meteorite 10-15 Km in diameter collided with earth at a speed of about 40 000 km per hour.
The Vredefort Dome, as it is known worldwide, is the centre, 90 km across, of the impact crater and is situated 120 km south-west of Johannesburg, embracing the towns of Vredefort and Parys. The total crater is 300 Km in diameter.
Unique geology, such as pseudotachylite and granophyre melt rock and shatter cones, archaeology, biodiversity, history and culture are the ingredients of a fascinating tourist experience.
All tours depart from Parys, Free State, unless otherwise arranged..
Depending on the tour you selected the tour will take between 4 to 7 hours.
– A slideshow presentation explaining the meteorite strike as well as the events that unfolded when the meteorite struck the Vredefort Dome area. It also covers the history and geology of the area.
– The presentation is followed by a physical tour through the Vredefort Meteorite Impact Structure looking at the unique geology, fauna and flora as well as historic and cultural landmarks.
– Lunch can be arranged at Venterskroon Inn on request (for your own account.)
Self-drive, own transport used, the guide to ride with you.
What you can expect to see:
– Unique impact geology, phenomenal vistas of the Vaal River and hill & valley landscape, ancient rock art, remains of Stone Age & Iron Age settlements and signs or gold mining activities.